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Demons downed in districts

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By Ryan Naus

Trying to avenge two losses in the regular season, the Williamstown volleyball team gave everything they had to beat Gallatin County in the district tournament, but couldn’t come away with a win.

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The Lady Demons lost in two sets, 25-18 and 25-19. It was the Lady Demons first match in over a week and a half after their final two regular season games were canceled.

“We didn’t come mentally prepared or ready to play,” coach Kim Anglin said. “Having two teams cancel on us and having no games for a week and a half took us out of our rhythm and we didn’t have competitive challenges to keep us mentally prepared. It comes down to repetition. We had to produce when it counts and we just couldn’t.”

Williamstown gave a lot of points to Gallatin when their serves were erratic.

“We struggled a lot on our serves, which would either hit the net or go out of bounds,” senior Amanda Goodrich said. “The same for our hits.”

Although their serves were a problem, the Lady Demons fought through it, staying in each set until late.

“We knew that we weren’t going to give up,” junior Sara Moreland said. “We knew we could do it, but it just didn’t work out.”

Moreland earned all-district honors for the tournament.

“I was really excited when I found out,” Moreland said. “I didn’t expect it, but it means a lot. I worked hard all year and it really paid off.”

“Sara’s been a joy to coach,” Anglin said. “She had an exceptional attitude, a great work ethic and led through her actions.”

With their season over, the Lady Demons are looking forward to next year and building on the work they put in this year.

“It was a rebuilding year,” Anglin said. “It wasn’t necessarily a success, but it wasn’t unsuccessful either. We have several players that will return with valuable varsity experience, but we need to keep learning and working to get better. I’m looking forward to next year. The girls will keep challenging themselves to do better.”

“I think next year we will improve and it will be a good year,” Moreland said.